One donation, twice the impact!

If you were listening to last Sunday’s show, you’ll have heard Christine Daniels talking about REACH Learning Disability‘s new project, Flower Pod Newark

Something else she mentioned during her phone call to June was The Big Give Christmas Challenge, an annual fundraiser which this year runs from midday on Tuesday 1 December to midday on Tuesday 8 December.

Make a donation between these two dates and and whatever you give will be doubled – what a great way to help a local charity, don’t you think?

The team at REACH is hoping to raise £20,000 during the seven day appeal, which will then be doubled to £40,000 and go towards its My Place Online project, providing online learning and social activities to people with learning disabilities and their family carers in Nottinghamshire.

Your donation, however small, will help them reach that goal and get them on the way to supplying this valuable support to their clients.

Find out how to do it through The Big Give Christmas Challenge here

But don’t forget – you need to do it between those two dates in order for your donation to be doubled!

Zooming in on health and hospitality

Things were very different when Johanna Thompson first joined the Girls Around Town to talk about the meetings and events organised by the Wellness Network for people working in the health and wellbeing industry.

Back in September 2019, she and Kayleigh Langley were both in the studio chatting face to face with June, something that’s definitely off the agenda these days of course.

But that’s not stopping her bringing everyone up to date with the group’s activities this Sunday, when she’ll be on the phone from just after 11.20am with all the latest news…

Like many groups in the region, around the country and across the world, their regular meetings these days are now held online. And they’re on Sunday mornings too, from 10am to 11am, so no doubt Johanna will be talking about the one she hosted while June was busy bringing you the first hour of your favourite weekend show here on 107.8FM!

If you work in the hospitality business, you’ll definitely want to hear what she has to say about new meetings in the pipeline designed specifically for you. With special guest speakers sharing ideas and offering support, they could be just what you need right now and they’ll be absolutely free to join.

Make sure you’re tuned in or listening online to find out more about these and other upcoming Wellness Network meetings…

And don’t miss the latest news about a very special event taking place on Sunday afternoon, when Radio Newark joins forces with the town and district councils, local artists and local schools to bring you live on air and online coverage of Newark’s Virtual Christmas Lights Switch On!

A site to behold

If you were a member of the networking group Women in Newark, you may remember some years back an evening spent surrounded by beautiful blooms on a 1.5 acre eco site just up the road near Southwell.

A unique social enterprise run by local charity Reach Learning Disability,  the original Flower Pod still continues to offer people with learning disabilities the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture by taking part in activities which help them gain vital skills for a more independent life in the community.

Now there’s a new Flower Pod in town – right here in Newark, covering a whole 2.5 acres this time – and its development manager Christine Daniels will be on Girls Around Town next weekend to tell you all about what’s in store there…

Christine will be on the phone to June from just after 11.20am to explain more about the charity’s aims and activities and how she and the team are currently working to make Flower Pod Newark much more than just a place to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

“We go into the garden for lots of reasons of course,” she says. “We go there looking for peace and tranquillity too and we’re planning to run a variety of courses, including perhaps a yoga class or two.

“My aspirations for this garden are huge – we already have two ponds and an orchard but with running water and a better building on the site, I feel the sky would be the limit.”

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to hear more from Christine.

And in the meantime, for a sneak peak at this exciting new venture for Newark and Reach take a look at this short video…